Types of stressors that increase susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults.

  title={Types of stressors that increase susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults.},
  author={S. Cohen and Ellen Frank and William Doyle and David Skoner and Bruce S. Rabin and Jack M. Gwaltney},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  volume={17 3},
  • S. CohenE. Frank J. Gwaltney
  • Published 1 May 1998
  • Psychology
  • Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Two-hundred seventy-six volunteers completed a life stressor interview and psychological questionnaires and provided blood and urine samples. They were then inoculated with common cold viruses and monitored for the onset of disease. Although severe acute stressful life events (less than 1 month long) were not associated with developing colds, severe chronic stressors (1 month or longer) were associated with a substantial increase in risk of disease. This relation was attributable primarily to… 

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